Book: The Girls in The Snow
Author: Stacy Green
Publication Date: 19th October 2020
Rating: 4 Stars
In the remote forests of Stillwater, Minnesota, you can scream for days and no one will hear you. So when the bodies of two fifteen-year-old girls are discovered frozen in the snow, Special Agent Nikki Hunt is sure the killer is local: someone knew where to hide them and thought they’d never be found.
Home for the first time in twenty years, Nikki sees that the whole town had been frantically searching for missing best friends Madison and Kaylee, and when she finds out who Madison’s step-father is, she becomes desperate to lead the case. John was once the person she trusted most in the world, who stood by her when she was just sixteen and her parents were murdered. Who supported her when she identified their killer, Mark Todd.
But when Nikki arrives at the Sheriff’s office, she’s confronted by protesters eager to see Mark freed. With new evidence that could clear his name, Mark has appealed his conviction and his brother Rory begs Nikki to take a look at what they’ve found.
Nikki knows she must focus on the killer at large, but Rory makes her wonder if she put her trust in the right people all those years ago. Are Madison and Kaylee’s deaths connected to her parents’ murders? And can she face up to her past before another life is taken?
At the start of the book we are thrown right into a very intense, dark and upsetting scene which really set the tone of the book. We then skip forward quite a few years and Nikki is heading back to her hometown for the first time in years. Two young girls have been murdered and it may be a serial killer that has eluded Nikki for years.
On top of all of this there are protests for the freedom of an innocent man who has been in prison for years. Yes this does seem like a lot is happening in this book but the author has done a really good job of making things very easy to follow.
Right from the start of this book we become suspicious of everyone we come in contact with because Nikki is our main protagonist and we follow her and her train of thought. Nikki doesn’t trust anyone due to what happened when she was younger.
I really enjoyed the topic of running away from your past that was discussed throughout this novel.You can’t run away from your past, it will catch up on you. We do see this with a few of our characters in this story, all of them unwilling to look and face it all.
Nikki is adamant she knows exactly what happened that tragic night until she may have to look back with a professional eye to help solve the case at hand.
The story was well paced and had many twists and turns throughout which kept me on my toes. I had a really enjoyable time reading this book and would highly recommend it.
About The Author
Stacy Green is the author of the Lucy Kendall thriller series and the Delta Crossroads mystery trilogy. ALL GOOD DEEDS (Lucy Kendall #1) won a bronze medal for mystery and thriller at the 2015 IPPY Awards. TIN GOD (Delta Crossroads #1) was runner-up for best mystery/thriller at the 2013 Kindle Book Awards.
Stacy has a love of thrillers and crime fiction, and she is always looking for the next dark and twisted novel to enjoy. She started her career in journalism before becoming a stay at home mother and rediscovering her love of writing. She lives in Iowa with her husband and daughter and their three spoiled fur babies.
She is currently working on a new crime fiction series and is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo, Helin and Fountain Literary Management for literary and dramatic rights.